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Greet your guide and small group outside the Vatican Museums and hand over your entrance fees: the tour cost only covers guiding. Clear security and don your headset.

View the ancient Roman collection, with its masterly sculptures, the Gallery of the Tapestries, which includes work designed by Raphael’s studio, and the Gallery of Geographical Maps. Enter the Sistine Chapel to admire the world-famous frescoes painted by the master Michelangelo—and learn about the frescoes Botticelli and other Renaissance painters crafted before Michelangelo started work.

If St. Peter’s Basilica is open, enjoy time in the Basilica along the way. Your tour will end either there or on Viale Vaticano.

Locations visited
Sistine Chapel
Vatican Museums
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Overview

If you’re serious about the history of art and architecture, you’ll want a tour that goes beyond the surface of the Vatican Museums, one of the world’s greatest art collections. Exploring in a group of no more than eight, benefit from the insights, wisdom, and experience of an academic expert with a doctorate in archaeology or art history—and gain skip-the-line access, too!

Highlights
  • Buy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • See masterpieces by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael, and more
  • Learn about art and architecture from an art historian or archaeologist
  • Benefit from personal attention in a group of no more than eight
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wonderful tour of Vatican with guide Annalisa

This tour definitely exceeded my expectations. The Vatican can be a stressful place with all the crowds, but Annalisa had great pacing and matched our group's more laid-back energy throughout. Any time we had a question or wanted to know more about some minute detail...More

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Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile
Great tour

Just came back from the tour of the Vatican and collasium! Grace was our tour guide. It was wonderful no lines! We learned a lot and she was a pleaser! Would definitely recommend her! She spoke great English. It wasn’t expensive. Definitely worth it! We...More

Thank Treysmom616
Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile
Francesca di magnifico

Taking a eight year old to Vatican Museum is nice parental ambition and poor reality attachment but aren't we all want them to be bit better than us even if we have no idea how to do it. Well Joy of Rome has this wonderful...More

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JoyofRome, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Joy of Rome Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2018

What a beautiful words! Thanks so much. Having Michelangelo as my guest was a real honor, it was like having the original Michelangelo;) All the joy of Rome awaits you soon in Rome again. Ciao and we hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 6 June 2018
Amazing tour with Francesca from Joy of Rome

We had the most helpful understanding and patient guide Francesca - My daughter was poorly shortly into the tour but nothing was too much trouble she was helpful kind and so caring and patient we were able to continue the tour. Francesca explained every possible...More

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JoyofRome, Direttore at Joy of Rome Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

dear Michelle, we love our job because it gives us the opportunity to meet lovely people like you and hopefully, to help in having a great memory of a roman holiday, so I am really happy if this woked, we are not patient, we simply...More

Reviewed 29 May 2018
Amazing tour from start to finish with Maria Grazia!

We scheduled a semi private tour but it just so happened we were the only ones scheduled so we had a private tour at no extra charge with the amazing Maria Grazia. Not only was she super nice, friendly and had a great sense of...More

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JoyofRome, Proprietario at Joy of Rome Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

My dear N. It was such a pleasure to stay with you. People like you makes my job even more interesting. I'm so happy you have enjoyed the tour and everything I was telling you. The history, the stories, the jokes, the detailes that we...More

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